All posts filed under: Real Food Fast (10 min. or less)

7-Grain Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes with Orange Blossom Honey and Coconut Butter

Big juicy blueberries are in season right now and there’s no better way to enjoy them than first thing in the morning with these moist and fluffy Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes. I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic 7-grain Pancake mix mix which uses stone ground whole grain flours and whole ground flaxseed meal to create a delicious earthy blend. You can find it at natural food markets or online. Fresh rosemary adds a fragrant herbal element and orange blossom honey adds a sweet floral note. Finish them off with creamy coconut butter and you have next-level blueberry pancakes that you can make in just minutes. They are made perfectly moist and fluffy thanks to aquafaba – the liquid from canned beans that can be used in place of eggs in lots of recipes. If you are unfamiliar with aquafaba you can check out this Facebook page to learn more about it and check out all of the crazy inspiring things people are doing with it. These Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes are perfect for: when you need a quick, but extra …

Golden Green Goddess Overnight Oats

These overnight oats are full of so many feel good ingredients, you can’t help but feeling all powerful after eating them! Both spirulina and hemp seeds are plant-based sources of complete proteins, meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids your body needs to repair tissue and to keep running like a well oiled machine. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that comes in powder form and has been used as a superfood dating back to the ancient Aztecs.  It is about 60% protein and has a earthy, green taste. Hemp seeds are one of the best balanced sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and have a rich nutty flavor. Both can be found in the superfood or supplement section of your health food market. The  savory flavors are balanced with the sweetness of banana and honey and the tartness of  golden berries. Indigenous to Peru, golden berries have recently gained wide popularity thanks to their high nutrient and antioxidant content, tangy sweet flavor and chewy texture. If golden berries are not available you can …

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Peanut butter and jelly are one of those flavor combinations that is never a bad idea! I love them together so much I ate PB&J sandwiches for lunch every day for years growing up. There’s no reason such a classic pairing should be limited to the confines of a brown paper bag. Here they move into the morning sunshine to dress up a hearty and heart-healthy serving of overnight oats.   Once I posted this on my Instagram it quickly became a breakfast staple for my whole family not only because it is so tasty, but also because it’s so easy to make. In fact, you may even have all of the ingredients on hand, so why not put it together tonight? I promise you’ll have something delicious to wake up to in the morning. Enjoy! Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats Ingredients: serves 1 1/3 cup Old- Fashioned Rolled Oatmeal 2/3 cup Cashew or Almond Milk 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds 1 Tbsp Raisins Pinch of cinnamon Toppings: 1 heaping tsp Peanut Butter 1 heaping …

Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Coconut Butter

Real Food Fast- Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Coconut Butter

French toast is a deliciously decadent treat that is usually reserved for Sunday Brunch or special occasions. This version, however, is so much more nutritious than your typical French toast recipe, and so quick and easy to make, you’ll want to add it to your regular breakfast rotation. We make it with whole grain Ezekial Cinnamon Raisin Bread (available at most Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s) because it’s high in protein and doesn’t have any added sugar, but the raisins and cinnamon give it a nice touch of natural sweetness. With the added protein from the eggs and the rich creamy coconut butter on top, it’s a great energizing breakfast that will keep you going strong all morning. I only recently discovered coconut butter and it’s a new favorite substitute for regular butter. It’s wonderful to use in baking or spread on muffins, toast, pancakes or (best of all!) French toast. Made from pureed meat of the coconut, it is as rich and creamy as dairy butter with a smooth nutty flavor. It’s kind of like if …

Quick Pan-Seared Branzino with Artichoke Hearts and Lemon-Herb Sauce

Real Food Fast: Pan-Seared Branzino with Artichoke Hearts and Lemon-Herb Sauce

When I was a kid, a quick seafood dinner meant fish sticks with tartar sauce. While I’m sure my mom had the best of intentions when pulling the frozen minced fish logs from their packets, (“eat it, it’s good for you!” she’d say) it’s no wonder I grew up thinking I hated fish. It wasn’t until I travelled to italy as an adult (if you can call an 18-year-old an adult?) and tried their simple preparations of white fish that I found out it could be so much more than those mushy breaded sticks of my youth. One of the most popular fish on Italian menus is Branzino, a type of European sea bass with a delicate flavor and firm, flaky texture. It has become one of my favorite fish to prepare thanks to it’s versatility and light, almost sweet taste. Here it’s paired with savory artichoke hearts and a bright, lemony herb sauce. While this recipe is significantly more delicious than fish sticks, you’ll be surprised to find that it’s just as quick and easy to …

Orange-Ginger Creamsicle Dream Smoothie

This smoothie is so simple to make and ridiculously delicious!  It tastes so good, you’ll think it must be bad for you, but actually it’s filled with fiber, vitamin C and a dose of healthy fats. Ginger is known to stimulate the metabolism, boost the immune system, and soothe the tummy, so it’s a wonderful thing to drink in first thing in the morning. The creamy orange flavor always brings me back to childhood and puts a smile on my face, which is a very nice way to start the day. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1-2 Servings 2 Navel Oranges, peeled and broken into segments 1 heaping tsp Ginger, chopped 1/4 cup Cashews, preferably soaked 2-4 hours 1 Medjool Date, pitted 6 Ice Cubes (about 2/3 cup) Blend everything except the ice until smooth in a high-speed blender*. Add ice and blend again.   *If you don’t have a high-speed blender you can add 1/4 cup water to get the blades to turn, omit the fresh ginger and use a pinch of powdered ginger instead. The texture will …

Real Food Fast: Sautéed Mushroom and Wilted Spinach Salad with Cashews and Sun-Dried Tomato

Here is another healthy, flavorful meal you can throw together in 10 minutes or less. I served this with toast topped with protein-rich sage hummus that I made by blending regular hummus with a couple of fresh sage leaves. It was quick, delicious and super satisfying!  Ingredients:  2 Servings 3 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided 6-8 Sage Leaves 1 Shallot, chopped 1 lb. Button or Cremini Mushrooms, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar 1 tsp Dijon Mustard, preferably whole-grain Sea Salt & Black Pepper 6 cups Baby Greens (spinach, kale and/or chard etc.) 1 Radish, thinly sliced 1/4 cup Cashew, Raw 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato, sliced Heat a pan over medium-high then add 2 Tbsp olive oil. When hot, fry the sage for 30-60 seconds, if it starts to brown remove immediately from the pan. Use tongs or a fork to transfer the leaves to a plate covered with a paper towel to drain and crisp. In the same pan add the chopped shallot and mushrooms and cook 5 minutes until the mushrooms have softened. Add the …

REAL FOOD FAST- The Go-To Super Smoothie Bowl (Only 3 ingredients!)

I am, by nature, more of a night owl than a morning person, so in the early hours I’m not often  in the mood to cook up an elaborate breakfast. Smoothies have been one of my breakfast go-tos for quite a while now. I love that you can whip one up, pour it in a cup, and head out the door. Lately though, I have been making my morning smoothie a sit down experience with this easy smoothie bowl. There is something a little more satisfying in taking the time to sit down and eat your breakfast with a spoon enjoying different tastes and textures, rather than simply sipping it through a straw. It’s also really nice to take a few minutes to be present and arrange all the toppings and make something really beautiful for yourself in the morning. Even with the artful arranging it takes less than 5 minutes to put together. Once blended you can add a limitless variety of toppings so each bowl is deliciously different. The basic recipe consists of only 3 …

REAL FOOD FAST- Zucchini Noodle Pesto Pasta with Cannelini Beans & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This is another in my Real Food Fast series of healthy and delicious recipes that take 10 minutes or less to whip up. This flavor packed dish is a nutritious plant-based, gluten-free alternative to traditional pasta that leaves you feeling full and satisfied thanks to all the fiber, plant protein and heart healthy fats. Zucchini and summer squash also happen to be some of the lowest calorie vegetables around meaning this is the perfect kind of dish to help maintain a healthy weight.  You can get a spiralizer to turn your veggies into noodles online or most places where they sell kitchen appliances. I use the 4-blade spiralizer from Paderno which has settings for angel hair, spaghetti and shoestring noodles plus a blade for accordion cuts. Angel hair and spaghetti sized noodles work well for this. If you don’t have one however, don’t worry! You can use a regular vegetable peeler to make thin, wide pappardelle noodles. Just press down firmly along the length of the zucchini to make the noodles with your peeler.  This …

The Most Delicious Dip, Spread and Topping – Whipped Avocado Cream

This Avocado Cream is one of my favorite things to keep in the fridge. I make it every week as part of my meal prep. The recipe seems almost too simple, but trust me, it adds an incredible amount of flavor and richness to so many dishes. Of course it’s wonderful on Mexican food,  but I especially love to use it as a topping for my lunch bowls. You can also whip it up as a quick dip for a snack or to serve at a party. Somehow it seems more sophisticated and complex than regular guacamole, but it’s actually faster and easier to make because you throw it all together in the blender in seconds. You can even use it as a delicious spread to make pretty little appetizers. Even though it tastes rich and creamy, it is made of simple healthy ingredients. Avocado is one of the most nutrient dense foods around with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown in studies to be good for both your skin and heart health. …